At this point in our lives, we all know that there’s a lot to be said for open and honest communication.
Whether you’re dealing with an interpersonal conflict or a complex health problem, it usually doesn’t help anyone to tiptoe around the issue.
There’s a time and a place for delicacy, but hey, we’re all grown-ups here! We can handle talking about stuff that makes kids cringe or go squeamish; we weren’t born yesterday and we’ve seen a few things.
That’s why we don’t break a sweat when it comes to talking about life’s earthier details, like the health benefits of letting one rip, or why we have every right to ditch the bra if we darn well please.
There’s a time and a place for delicacy, but we also know when it’s time to stop playing coy and call it like we see it.
That’s why we’re here today to have a frank conversation about a topic lots of people would rather avoid: dropping the drawers and going commando.
Scroll through the gallery below to learn what you can gain from skipping the undies every now and then.
Commando Perk #1: It Keeps Infections At Bay
You have heard this bit of advice from Mom, but it’s no old wives’ tale: Wearing tight undies all the time really can up your risk of infections, because it traps all sorts of bacteria right against your skin.
According to Everyday Health, never letting your downstairs “breathe” can be a recipe for yeast infections and UTIs.
Keep in mind, skipping the undies but still wearing tights or leggings isn’t any better; you’ll reap the most benefits if you pair any panties-free days with loose bottoms.
Commando Perk #2: Your Sex Life Will Improve
There’s no two ways about it, there’s something distinctly naughty about skipping lingerie for the day.
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to your sex life, and going commando is an easy way to spice things up.
The mere act of going bare might make you feel a little frisky, and we guarantee that the special someone in your life will enjoy your new look even more!
Commando Perk #3: You’ll Feel “Fresher”
Remember all that stuff we said about keeping clean? Well, it also applies to your personal scent.
Too-tight underwear can start to smell over the course of the day, and infections in private areas are notorious for leading to a not-so-fresh feeling.
Going without undies lets air circulate and ensures that unpleasant odors will never have an opportunity to form.
Commando Perk #4: It Will Reduce Pressure
If you drink plenty of water over the course of the day in a bid to stay hydrated, there’s a good chance you also need to go to the bathroom pretty regularly.
Of course, if you start to feel like you need to go all of the time, your underwear may be at fault.
Tight undergarments, especially shapewear, can put pressure on your bladder and stomach and make you feel like you constantly need to pee.
Conversely, some tight undergarments are so tricky to remove that, according to Bustle, they indirectly cause UTIs when women postpone hitting the head.
Commando Perk #5: You’ll Stay Cleaner
Over the course of the day, underwear gets dirty; it’s as simple as that.
Sweat and other discharge can gather in the gusset as the day wears on — especially if you have a busy day and are running around — which can get pretty gross and uncomfortable.
Skipping undies for the day means that you’ll be just as clean “down there” at the end of the day as you were when you first hopped out of the shower.
Commando Perk #6: Wedgies Will Be A Thing Of The Past
There’s nothing worse than getting a wedgie right in the middle of your day, especially if you’re out in public and can’t do a darn thing about it.
Whether it’s caused by too-tight pants, an accidental misstep, or the dreaded thong (basically a guaranteed wedgie) it’s all embarrassing, awkward, and oh-so-uncomfortable.
Skip the discomfort completely by going sans skivvies; just make sure you aren’t wearing something that will give you a wedgie even without undies.
Commando Perk #7: No More Visible Panty Line
Have you ever stepped out on the street in your cute new pencil skirt or gorgeous jeans and realized that, yup, the outline of your underwear is totally visible through the material?
Panty lines plague all of us from time to time, which is why there’s no shame in going the commando route if that’s what’s easiest and most efficient.
This is especially relevant for those of us who want to wear a pair of linen trousers on a hot day, but don’t want the discomfort of wearing a thong all day long. Simply skipping undies is bound to be a whole lot comfier.
Commando Perk #8: It’ll Boost Your Confidence!
At the end of the day, the biggest benefit of going commando is the confidence that you’ll reap from the experience.
After all, you never know when you’re going to get that call to hit the red carpet in a va-va-voom gown; you always want to be able to strut your stuff in any situation!
Skipping the undies every now and again, whether it’s for your health, your sex life, or plain old comfort, also means that you’ll have the winning confidence of a woman who isn’t afraid to bare it all!
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